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1. Hand-Loom Weaver's Lament, The - Harry Boardman
2. Hop Hop Hop - The Oldham Tinkers
3. Beg Your Leave - Peter Smith
4. Ale Is Physic For Me - Mike Harding
5. Clogs - Harvey Kershaw
6. Merry Little Doffer, The - Harry Boardman
7. Rawtenstall Annual Fair - Lee Nicholson
8. Coalhole Medley - The Oldham Tinkers
9. Cob-a-Coalin' - Harry Boadrman
10. Bury New Loom, The - Harry Boardman
11. Ten Per Cent - Peter Smith
12. Mon Like Thee, A - John Howarth/The Oldham Tinkers
13. Sam Shuttle & Betty Reedhook - Harry Boardman
14. Owden Edge - John Howarth/The Oldham Tinkers
15. Our Sarah's Getten'a Chap - John Howarth/The Oldham Tinkers
16. Miner's Lockout, The - Harry Boardman
17. Street Scene - Harvey Kershaw
18. Pounds Shillings & Pence / Down At Our School - Tim/Robin Boardman/The Oldham Tinkers
19. Little Piecer, The - Dave Brooks
20. Sammy Shuttleworth - Mike Harding
21. Bowton's Yard - Harry Boardman
22. Toddlin' Whoam - Larry Kearns
23. Schoolyard Song - Harry Ogden
24. Nobbut a Cockstride Away - Mary Kershaw
25. Billy Suet's Song - Harry Boardman
26. Canute - The Oldham Tinkers
27. Our Bill - Bernard Wrigley
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 485
Includes liner notes by Harry & Leslie Boardman.
Originally released on Topic Records in 1968.
Actually a combination of two albums -- Deep Lancashire and Owdham Edge -- that characterize the folk music of the English Northwest. So you get humorous pieces like "Rawtenstall Annual Fair" and fiercely political work like "The Hand-Loom Weaver's Lament" (sung, interestingly, to the tune of "The Grand Old Duke of York"). And, of course, there's plenty in between, such as "The Coalhole Medley," which offers a humorous, but also poignant, look at the miner's lot. But that's natural, since mining and the mills were industrial staples in the Northwest. But it's not just industry that's commemorated here; "Cob-a-Coalin'" is about Bonfire night (November 5), for example; it covers the full spectrum of working-class life in the Northwest as it once was, since, like everything else, it's changed over the years. The music here is pretty basic, but this is an album where it's all about the words, and they carry a remarkable weight of history. These are the tales of real people and the way they lived and felt, and that makes it an important contribution. They fought for a raise of "Ten Per Cent," although they rarely got it, while "The Miner's Lockout" details more workers' action. "Our Sarah's Getten' a Chap" is a pre-music hall song about courting, and "Schoolyard Song" is a wry look at urban life. All human life is here; it's an experience to be savored. ~ Chris Nickson
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